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February 2, 2010

The HSUS Offers Reward in Shooting of Horse near Weatherford, Texas

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for shooting a horse near Weatherford, Texas.

The Case:

News reports give the following account: On Sunday morning, a ranch hand discovered a dead horse in a fenced-in pasture near a road at 72 Ranch, in the 2400 block of Fox Road. The cutting horse had been shot between the eyes at close range with a high-powered rifle, the Parker County Sheriff's Office said.

Animal Cruelty:

Getting the serious attention of law enforcement, prosecutors and the community in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the community. The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented. Studies show a correlation between animal cruelty and all manner of other crimes, from narcotics and firearms violations to battery and sexual assault.

"Senseless acts of animal cruelty like the shooting of this horse should not go unpunished," said Keith Dane, The HSUS' director of equine protection. "We hope this reward will help law enforcement bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice."

The Investigators:

The Parker County Sheriff's Office is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Parker County Crime Stoppers at 817-599-5555.

Resources:

The HSUS Animal Cruelty Campaign raises public awareness and educates communities about the connection between animal cruelty and human violence while providing a variety of resources to law enforcement agencies, social work professionals, educators, legislators and families. The HSUS offers rewards in animal cruelty cases across the country and works to strengthen laws against animal cruelty. To see our journalists' animal cruelty resource guide, which includes information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, go to: humanesociety.org/crueltyresources.

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